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Chatty leaders vulnerable to foreign surveillance: The world has changed since 1929, when U.S. Secre... #airforce

BERLIN — The world has changed since 1929, when U.S. Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson shut down the State Department’s code-breaking office, declaring “gentlemen don’t read others’ mail.” In the current age of surveillance, world leaders — who are by their very nature uber-communicators — are especially vulnerable to communications snooping by friends and foes alike. Here’s how some are trying to cope following allegations of massive electronic monitoring by the U.S. National Security Agency: NOT MY PHONE YOU DON'T German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted mildly last spring to the initial allegations of widespread NSA surveillance leaked by Edward Snowden, reminding Germans that U.S. intelligence helped their country in the fight against terrorism. Her tone changed sharply this week after the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported her own cellphone may have been tapped...

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